I am flummoxed. Yes, flummoxed, by a comment I received last week on this post.
If you scroll down to the bottom, Jobi, of the terrific Ask-Fisher.com, shared some of the things that have been stressing her out about writing online. I hope she doesn’t mind me bringing this up as it was a perfectly wonderful comment and I am touched she took the time out of her busy day to write it. If she does mind, I am sincerely sorry. I guess if you comment on this site you have to be prepared that one day, I might make it more public than it already is.
But I digress.
The lovely, wonderful comment about which I am speaking and for which I am excessively grateful made mention of the “rules of blogging.” I will allow this to sink in for a moment in the event you are as bemused as I.
Um, am I missing something?
Other than not stealing content and not being an asshat in the comment sections of other blogs, I wasn’t aware there were any “rules.” Besides, neither of those two simple tenets are generally followed, anyway. This is the Internet, right? If creepy Men’s Rights Activists are allowed to post their terrifying diatribes I don’t see why there are any limits at all. Maybe they are more like guidelines?
It would seem I am wrong. A quick search came up with a multitude of rules. Everyone has an opinion, it seems, on what is “good” blogging and what is “bad” blogging. For instance, according to Writer Tank one should never publish a post immediately after writing it. Well, if I never did that I probably would never have written more than a week’s worth of posts. Cuff me, officer. Cristian Mihai, on the other hand, thinks one should “blog often enough, but not too often” – whatever that means – and “use as many social media platforms as possible.” Right, so… None? That’s pretty much what is possible for me at the moment.
I am not being fair. Both of the articles I shared above make excellent points and I am sure they have been helpful for many people seeking their advice. My issue is actually related to semantics. The word “rule” being used to apply to something I do in my spare time, for free, because I enjoy it.
In my world, I relate much more to this post by Ashley Robinson. She encourages the breaking of all the “rules”. Go ahead treat your blog like a business, be a professional, hit up Google + as often as possible, if this is all stuff you want to do to reach a goal you may have. Do it for its own sake; don’t do it because it is how a blogger is “supposed” to behave. I reckon it doesn’t matter if I fill an entire website with things I ate for lunch as long as it pleases me. One day I may just turn my dog blog into a, I don’t know, a blog about monster trucks.
It could happen. Don’t put it past me.
We all have different ideas of what makes a good blog and different reasons for the time we spend online. The only rules that should exist, other than laws against stealing and harassment, are the ones we create for ourselves. The rest just don’t matter.
That’s right I said don’t. But now I am going to adhere to one of the annoying guidelines and end this post with a question. Do you think there are rules to blogging that everyone should follow?